Aegean Municipalities Union and Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer continue their efforts to save the Gediz River. President Soyer called for the declaration of Murat Mountain as a National Park this time within the scope of the 12-item declaration containing the salvation recipe of Gediz, which he announced after his examinations in the basin tour he took with the slogan "Clean Gediz, Clean Gulf". Noting that the mines intended to be built in Murat Mountain have caused irreparable damage to the Gediz Basin by writing to the Ministry, Soyer said, “It is vital to protect Murat Mountain and its surroundings as a National Park, the source of the Gediz River, which gives life to the region.”
The Union of Aegean Municipalities and Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, who examined the 4-kilometer bed of Gediz during the 401-day basin trip he took with the slogan "Clean Gediz, Clean Bay" to identify the sources of pollution in the Gediz River flowing into the Izmir Bay, gave a 12-item recipe for salvation. continues to work in this direction. The Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, in order to draw attention to the sources polluting Gediz and to take necessary measures, wrote to the DSI 2nd Regional Directorate to give life to the Marmara Lake, which is dying due to drought, and applied to give one million cubic meters of water to the lake this year. A new move came from Mayor Soyer, who sent a letter to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Uşak, Manisa and Kütahya Governorships and Special Provincial Administrations, municipalities and institutions causing pollution.
Great danger for the Gediz Basin
Aegean Union of Municipalities President and Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer drew attention to the dangers that the mines to be built on Murat Mountain will pose to the dams used for drinking and irrigation purposes in the region, the vegetation, all living things in the region and the dangers that will be created in the Gediz Basin. He wanted the park to be declared.
Let's protect nature and our unique resources
Sending a letter to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in this direction, President Soyer said, “Gediz, one of the important river basins of our country, arises from Murat Mountain in Kütahya and reaches the Aegean Sea. The basin has been suffering from pollution and drought problems for many years, and licenses for nickel-cobalt, lead, zinc and copper mines and enrichment facilities have been obtained or are desired to be obtained in the region where Murat Mountain is located. All of these areas are made up of larch trees. In addition, Murat Mountain has the status of an important natural area in Turkey with its endemic plant species. Some plant species are only found on Murat Mountain worldwide. It is of regional importance for many birds, especially raptors. Butterfly species that are endangered and need to be protected also live in this region. We see the importance and benefit of declaring a National Park within the scope of the Law No. 2873 on National Parks in order to protect, acquire and promote the Murat Mountain and its surroundings, the source of the Gediz River, which gives life to the region. I believe that our Ministry will take all necessary actions to protect nature and our unique resources.”
President Soyer made observations on Murat Mountain.
Aegean Municipalities Union and Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer went on a four-day tour of the Gediz Basin in July with the slogan "Clean Gediz, Clean Bay", and on the first day of the tour, he visited Murat Mountain, where Gediz was born. Drinking water from Karapınar Waterfall on Murat Mountain, Soyer said, “We are perhaps in one of the most beautiful spots in the world. The sparkling water from its source is polluted by human hands on the routes where it passes, and this unique beauty is consumed. As clear as glass, delicious water turns into poison as it flows. No one has the right to destroy this beauty, this source of life. We will protect nature, water and soil and leave a legacy for future generations.”